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Fiji Police Questions More Health Officials

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the issue came to light after he deployed Police to the boy’s community and where the incident allegedly occurred. They made house-to-house inquiries and recorded statements of witnesses.
08 Mar 2019 10:15
Fiji Police Questions More Health Officials
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho

A health official has been taken in by Police for questioning after a kidnap claim was found to be false.

The official’s post about the alleged kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy went viral on social media and caused fear among Fijians. Police said more health officials were likely to be questioned.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the issue came to light after he deployed Police to the boy’s community and where the incident allegedly occurred. They made house-to-house inquiries and recorded statements of witnesses.

It was later found that the boy had given false information to Police.

The boy claimed he was drugged after consuming a lolly pop a group of men had given him. He claimed he became dizzy, and was taken into a van, where he saw the body of a girl who was about his age inside a fridge. The boy went on to claim that he managed to fight his way out of the van and was taken to the Lautoka Hospital.

The health officials took to social media about the boy’s claims.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said a decision was reached on Wednesday to speak to the victim again hoping that he might recall new information.

He said his officers found that certain elements of the report were not matching up to findings from their inquiries and therefore concluded the investigation.

“Upon further questioning, the victim openly admitted to falsifying the information given to Police due to personal reasons that we will not be able to divulge publicly and will leave to the discretion of the family if they wish to do so.

“We have counselled the child in the presence of his parents and spoke to him at length about the consequences of his actions.”

He said Police will only work on facts.

The investigations on the abduction claims of the 13-year-old of Lautoka were concluded based on the fact that they had gathered including the statements. It included that from the doctor and necessary evidence to support that there were no drugs involved as well as witnesses who saw the child consuming alcohol on the day in question.

Brigadier-General Qiliho added that the child’s mother was present during the interview where the 13-year-old admitted falsifying the report, and further to that had countersigned the statement.

Present at the interview was the deputy divisional police commander West SP Mitieli Divuana and another senior officer who witnessed it.

The child also relayed to the Mr Divuana that he was scared of what would happen if he tells the truth. The child’s father was counseled twice, once with the senior officers alone and the second time was with his son and wife.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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